America’s Test Kitchen was built on trust and cooperation. Recently we discovered that Christopher Kimball breached that trust. In order to protect our company and our employees, ATK had to take the unfortunate, but necessary, step of filing a lawsuit against Christopher Kimball. While a leader at ATK, Chris systematically went about undermining the business. He poached our employees, transferred to himself relationships with critical vendors and underwriters, and took and used proprietary information to launch a business that unfairly copies ATK. These actions are a clear breach of his fiduciary responsibilities as an ATK executive and a stakeholder of the company. The trust and confidence that our viewers and readers have in America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Illustrated is the work of more than 200 dedicated people, but Kimball has sought to transfer that goodwill to his own business.